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About Black and Jewish Leaders of Tomorrow

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Learn more a little more about us

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The Black and Jewish Leaders of Tomorrow (BJLOT) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2021 by Dr. John Eaves, who is an active member of the Black and Jewish communities of Atlanta.

Our organization fosters collaboration, understanding, and empowerment between Black and Jewish college students by creating a supportive and inclusive community where they can engage in meaningful dialogue, learn from each other's experiences, and work together to address antisemitism, racism, and bigotry on campus and beyond.



At BJLOT, we value:

  • Maintaining the historically strong ties between Black and Jewish communities forged during the Civil Rights era

  • Open and honest communication in an environment that pairs current Black and Jewish leadership with the leaders of tomorrow

  • Cultivating strong leadership among students of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) as well as Jewish students from predominantly white institutions (PWIs)

  • Recognition that between 12-15% of the American Jewish population are considered Jews of color

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Our founder, Dr. John Eaves

The career of Dr. Eaves is a demonstration of leadership in action. His passion for service to others reflects his Jewish ancestry, while being deeply grounded by the challenges of racism associated with living as a person of African ancestry.

Dr. Eaves holds a master’s degree in religion from Yale University and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of South Carolina. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including two Fulbright Awards in Germany and Finland, and is an American Memorial Fellow.

You can learn more about him here.


BJLOT is launching a collaborative effort to cultivate bridge-building, establish friendships, and provide leadership training to Black and Jewish college students across the nation.


Our organization has already received generous support from the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, the Antidefamation League, Hillel International, the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism, and the United Negro College Fund.

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